Message from Principal Boyce
To The Massena School Community:
Today at Massena Central we were made aware of circumstances surrounding a worksheet that was used in an English Academic Intervention class to teach synonyms. We understand one question on the worksheet is offensive to our Native American population. We agree with you.
In conferencing with the teacher of the class, it was noted that this pre-made worksheet comes from a book that tests students on their knowledge of English skills. The book is an older edition that uses the word "native" as what is called a distractor (wrong response). The answer to the question is "vicious". When students comment on response "a. native", the teacher discusses the historical implications of comparing the word "savage" to "native" and how using that word to refer to Native Americans is offensive. However, in balancing this teachable moment with the due concern that can be taken from use of the question, we have determined that the question should not be used at all.
At Massena CSD, we are continuing our efforts to increase the level of cultural sensitivity in our buildings. When situations like this occur we act quickly to remedy them and provide the Native American community with a response.
We at Massena High School apologize for the nature of this worksheet and, as noted, will discontinue the use of it immediately. We will also remind our teachers of the need to review lessons for culturally sensitive matter to ensure questions that could be offensive are not used.
We appreciate your response to this situation. Please be assured that we will continue in our efforts of build a more positive relationship between the District and the Native American community.
High School Principal Massena Central Schools
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